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TL;DR Wikipedia pokes fun at explanatory journalism.
Here’s a brilliant new Tumblr that’s way too funny not to be the work of a professional: TL;DR Wikipedia, which makes fake, abbreviated Wikipedia entries that even the laziest reader has time to process.
The Tumblr’s card-like entries are similar to the cards used by explanatory journalism start-up Vox, albeit way less sophisticated. It’s less of a parody of Wikipedia and more of a joke on the trend towards providing super-short breakdowns of big topics.
TL;DR Wikipedia started in March, and it doesn’t look like it’ll run out of steam anytime soon. The Tumblr now accepts user submissions, so if you have a pithy, snarky definition, send it in.
Kate Knibbs is a notable tech reporter and pop culture essayist. A former staff writer for the Daily Dot, her work has appeared in Gizmodo, the Ringer, AV Club, Digital Trends, Popular Mechanics, and Time.